The Governor has lifted orders allowing dental offices to reopen Friday May 29th.
Dear patients and families,
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. Our office has always and will continue to follow infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We closely follow these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
The world has changed, and we have changed with it. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- We are providing extend hours and staffing and additional Saturday appointments to best serve the needs of our families.
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
- We are limiting the number of people in our building at one time by allowing only one parent to accompany the child with the appointment in the building. You will also be asked to use our “virtual waiting room”. You will now text our office when you are in the parking lot and our staff will instruct you when to enter the building.
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. We have installed a large screen TV to stream children’s movies.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- Our office invested in all new top of the line, digital software to provide a safe seamless experience that follows all professional guidelines and cuts down on person to person contact.
- We are proud to say we accelerated completion of our instrument sterilization area. The re-engineering of the area delivers the highest quality surgical grade processing of instruments possible.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. We will start scheduling appointments next week. To make an appointment, please call our office at 248-608-2626.
Thank you for being our patient! We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our staff, patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Briskie, Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Tracht, Dr. Tiberia, Dr. Smith and Team
We hope that you and your families are safe, healthy, and in good spirits.
We are reaching out to you to provide an update on the status of our practice during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. To provide care to our patients during local stay-at-home orders, we are continuing to operate on an emergency care basis only, handling many of your urgent dental concerns using “Teledentistry”. If you need help during this time, please call the office number and a doctor will be paged.
Unfortunately, we remain unsure as to when the office will officially reopen. However, we are working tirelessly to ensure that when practice operations do resume fully, it will be under the safest conditions for all our patients. Our doctors and staff have participated in many professional education webinars dealing with COVID -19 and patient safety and will continue to keep abreast of information as it changes. Using everything we have learned; our practice will continue to maintain the highest infection control standards for the safety of you and your family. In addition, our sterilization area has been completely remodeled with top of the line, high tech equipment. We are also upgrading our practice software, website and incorporating a top-notch patient communication software.
You can also be assured that we will only reopen our office when it is deemed safe by the government, public health officials, and our professional associations. Our doctors and team cannot thank you enough for your patience in being our patient during this uncertain time.
We know that by sticking together, we will get through this and come out even stronger! We miss you and look forward to seeing you soon.
Children tend to be vulnerable to developing cavities. In fact, about 42 percent of kids will develop at least one cavity in a primary (baby) tooth between the ages of two and eleven. Preventive care, which includes regular dental check-ups, is an effective step toward preventing cavities and promoting optimal oral health. At our office in Rochester Hills, MI, our caring pediatric dentists promote preventative care through cleanings and at-home care—read on to learn more.
Preventive Dental Care
The primary goal of preventive care is preventing oral health problems in children, including cavities/caries. Visiting one of the skilled pediatric dentists at our practice in Rochester Hills, MI, every six months for a dental check-up and cleaning is an excellent way to maintain healthier teeth and gums. During your child’s check-up, the dentist can identify potential oral health issues early and treat them before they become more serious.
Professional dental cleanings are another important component of preventive care. Dental professionals have the tools, equipment, and skillsets to clean teeth and gums more thoroughly than can be achieved at home. Some threats to oral health, such as plaque and tartar, can only be completely removed from the teeth during a professional cleaning. Clearing away plaque and tartar is important for preventing cavities and even gum disease.
In addition to regular dental check-ups and cleanings, preventive care can also include applying sealants to the teeth. Sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth where cavity-causing bacteria can hide or get trapped. Other preventive measures include assessing your child’s risk of developing cavities, monitoring bite development, managing oral habits, and diet counseling to promote healthy eating habits.
Developing Healthy Habits at Home
Our dentists can recommend specific steps you can help your child take at home to promote optimal oral health. Examples of healthy habits that can easily be implemented at home include:
- Brushing the teeth twice each day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Brushing gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Flossing between teeth before bed every night
- Limiting the consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar
- Wearing a protective mouthguard when playing sports
The importance of preventive care in promoting healthy teeth and gums cannot be understated. Preventive care can help prevent cavities and other oral health concerns. To schedule your child’s next checkup with one of our experienced pediatric dentist, call our office in Rochester Hills, MI, at (248) 608-2626.
We want to stay committed to helping you manage your children’s dental needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. While dental offices are mandated to close their offices to all but emergency care, we have methods in place to stay in contact to evaluate your child’s dental needs.
If your child experiences a dental emergency such as trauma, facial swelling, tooth pain or orthodontic problems that cause pain please call our main office 248-608-2626 and you will be directed to the doctor on call.
If you are unsure if your child is experiencing a dental emergency, if you have a question, or would like information about your child’s orthodontic treatment you can reach us a few different ways:
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Our doctors and staff at Tracht, Briskie and Goldberg Pediatric Dentistry take your health very seriously. That is why we continue to monitor the situation regarding the COVID-19 virus.
In order to ensure the safety of our patients and dental team members, we are only seeing patients on an emergency basis as recommended by Governor Whitmer.
Please know that we will continue to monitor developments and will communicate with you as necessary. Please check our Website and Facebook for updates. Thank you and let us know if you have questions.
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